Todd Bittner, director of natural areas for the Cornell University Botanic Gardens, says the Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed overhaul of wildlife management plans – specifically the efforts related to the elimination of detrimental invasive shrubs and pests – will make public lands more resilient.
Bittner is responsible for stewarding more than 3,400 acres of preserves, including Fall Creek and Cascadilla gorges, Beebe Lake, old-growth forest, and remote fens that host endangered wildflower species.
“As invasive species continue to be among the greatest threats to biodiversity in New York’s public lands, it is encouraging to see DEC updating its management practices.
“By proposing to eliminate the introduction of detrimental invasive shrubs, and by expanding the use of biocontrol agents to help control some of the most problematic forest pests, such as the invasive hemlock wooly adelgid, these actions should help make public lands more resilient.”
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